Hawai’i astronomers discover death-defying planet

An artist’s rendition of a scenario in which a binary star system merges, allowing planet Halla to survive. (W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko)

An artist’s rendition of a scenario in which a binary star system merges, allowing planet Halla to survive. (W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko)

Astronomers on Maunakea have discovered a planet that has seemingly survived some of the universe’s most extreme conditions.